Seven up for awesome Adams
Nottinghamshire produced a stirring fightback to move into a dominant position against Lancashire in the LV= County Championship Division One encounter at Old Trafford.
The Red Rose headed into the day in good shape on 48 for one despite Andre Adams removing Paul Horton with the final delivery yesterday.
But they did not bank on their predecessors as County Champions launching a brilliant riposte, led by Adams, whose performance evoked memories of the one he produced in the last championship encounter at Old Trafford; on that day the New Zealander’s two quick scalps helped earn Notts the bowling point which sealed the crown.
Today, Adams took a further six to seal career-best figures of 7-32 as Lancashire fell 23 runs short of their opponents’ first innings 169. England spinner Graeme Swann chipped in with 3-26.
In reply, Nottinghamshire moved to 122 for two - a lead of 145 - with Michael Lumb looking well set on 40 not out.
Only 22 overs were possible on a rain-affected day at Edgbaston, but there was still time for Ian Bell to register a first century since last August in Warwickshire’s clash with Durham.
Bell re-commenced this afternoon on 59 and moved his score to 106 not out as Warwickshire, having resumed on 116 for five, reached 195 for the loss of two further wickets; Tim Ambrose went for 39 and Rikki Clarke a golden duck.
Bad light and rain ensured no play was possible in Middlesex's clash with Worcestershire, which - starting a day later than the other championship games - was yet to begin.
Veteran Anthony McGrath enjoyed an excellent day with bat and ball as Yorkshire dominated Leicestershire at Scarborough.
After Jonny Bairstow had eventually been dismissed for 182 this morning, McGrath - playing in place of the outgoing Ajmal Shahzad - took his score on to 90.
The duo’s efforts helped Yorkshire to an imposing first-innings total of 447, despite Wayne White’s five-wicket haul, and Leicestershire then slumped to 116 all out as McGrath returned 4-21. Fellow seamer Steven Patterson also impressed with 3-17 from 15 probing overs.
Following on 331 runs in arrears, Leicestershire then closed on three for one, Patterson dismissing Greg Smith for the second time in the day with the final ball before stumps.
Derbyshire will be confident of enforcing the follow-on in their match with Gloucestershire, who were reduced to 172 for nine on day two at Derby.
After Jonathan Clare, out for a run-a-ball 48, had helped the hosts add 26 to their overnight score of 362 for nine, Gloucestershire’s batsmen - with the exception of Chris Dent - failed to fire.
Dent’s 55 was comfortably the highest score as Tony Palladino, with 5-47, and Clare, who claimed 3-38, exerted control.
At stumps, Gloucestershire still trailed by 216, with Paul Muchall and Ian Saxelby the last remaining batsmen.
No play was possible at Wantage Road, where Hampshire were set to resume on 42 for three in reply to Northamptonshire’s 218.
Rain and bad light also prevented any action at the SWALEC Stadium, meaning Glamorgan were unable to resume their first innings on one without loss against Essex, who declared on 259 for nine yesterday.